It’s been more than 15 years since Good Will Hunting hit theaters, making an impact in cinema and earning the late Robin Williams his sole Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor. But in the wake of his tragic death, his costars, fans, and friends are reminiscing about the actor’s performance and time on the set of the classic coming-of-age tale. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Minnie Driver, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the film, told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen her fondest memory from filming the movie.
“It’s sad now,” the British actress, 44, began. “But it was watching Matt [Damon] and Ben [Affleck] shoot that park bench scene [with Williams], and it was really beautiful. He did this amazing impromptu stand-up routine to all the people eating their sandwiches on the common and people coming out of buildings because they heard he was doing this. At the end of lunch there were about 300 people. He was a good man.”
Williams died of suicide in August at the age of 63 after battling depression and substance abuse for years. He is survived by his wife Susan Schneider, sons Zachary and Cody, and daughter Zelda.
“Ben [Affleck] and I owe everything to him,” Damon, 44, told Couric at the time. “He said yes to our movie and he got it made. I could never thank him enough. I look around at the life I have and how blessed I feel and so much of it started with him.”
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